EU set to look into Spain’s monitoring of nuclear waste in Atlantic Ocean

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CONCERNS: Some 140,000 tons of nuclear waste is stored in the Atlantic Trench. CREDIT: Shutterstock

THE EU is set to examine Spain’s monitoring of some 140,000 tons of nuclear waste stored in the Atlantic Trench.

The EU’s decision to monitor Spain comes as there is no record of inspections carried out in the area since 2005. The waste is stored about 650 kilometres off the coast of Galicia.

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Madrid has not said whether it carried out inspections since 2005. There are around 223,000 steel and concrete barrels of radioactive waste which were put in the trench from 1949 to 1982 at a depth of 4,000 metres.

There are concerns that waste could escape due to pressure from water and rusting.





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